Why Do Acne Breakouts Happen Before Your Period?
Acne before period breakouts, also referred to as premenstrual acne, happen due to hormonal fluctuations. They are also part of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome) which is a good indicator that a woman’s menstrual cycle is about to begin.
When hormones fluctuate, this causes the body to produce more sebum. The excess sebum produced by the skin would eventually lead to acne before period breakouts.
In addition to increased oil production, another symptom of PMS is mood swings. Women are likely to become emotional before their period, and that may lead them to binge eating. Irregular cycles can also lead to binge eating.
Binge eating raises consumption of carbohydrates and fat, so when women binge eat as a result of PMS, they are likely to experience acne breakouts due to their change in diet.
Lastly, when women experience PMS, they often get stressed. Combine stress with other external factors that may add to stress (e.g. work, financial problems, relationship problems) and these may contribute to making their acne worse than it was before.
Do take note that stress does not cause acne; however, if a person already has acne, then stress becomes a factor in worsening it.